Brazil’s Lula fires Israel ambassador as part of pro-Palestine shift

Heads of BRICS member states are “unanimous in the resolve that the conflicts elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa should not be used as pretext to delay resolution of the long-standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict”

The Israelis themselves tell us that Israel can’t survive without the occupation. If they follow international law and allow the Palestinians to return, it is no longer a Zionist Jewish state. And the Arab world does not want the terroristic state in the region anymore. That makes “Israel” the loser.

Bolsonaro was a strong supporter of Israel and friendly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He visited Israel in 2019.

During the October election, Bolsonaro’s wife Michelle voted in a T-shirt bearing the Israeli flag. 

The left-leaning Lula administration, on the other hand, has indicated it will take a relatively more pro-Palestine approach to the conflict.

New Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira said last week that Brazil will “return to a position of equilibrium” on the conflict.

He called both Israel and Palestine “friends of Brazil” and declared support for a two-state solution, according to the Agencia de Noticias Brasil-Arabe. 

Lula’s return to power has been well received by the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas called Lula to congratulate him, the PA’s official WAFA news agency reported. 

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki attended Lula’s inauguration in Brazil.

He claimed Israeli authorities took away his VIP travel pass upon his return to the Palestinian territories, Reuters reported Sunday. 

Lula has expressed more outright support for the Palestinian cause in the past.

In 2010, he visited the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and laid a wreath.

The move angered the Israeli government at the time.

Brazil has significant geopolitical importance as a member of the BRIC alliance with Russia, India and China. 

Lula also maintained good relations with Iran when he was last in power.

Iranian Vice President Mohammad Hosseini likewise attended Lula’s inauguration, according to Iranian media reports.

Know more: Israel has made some inroads in Latin America in recent years.

Guatemala moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, while Honduras did the same in 2021. 

Venezuela, which has close energy and economic ties to Iran, has long been vocally supportive of the Palestinians.